Where did that Email come from? Track the IP Address !

These are the days of Phishers and Spammers.  How many of those emails have you received from folks wanting to "do business with you"?  All you need to do is provide them with your Bank Account #, PIN, Middle Initial, etc.

Why just last week;  - I won 2 Million British Pounds in some lottery....  - Had not 1 but 3 Notices from the IRS, that I have overpaid (yeah right) and they wanted to "Rush" me my refund! ....    - I even had the Personal Assistant of Aristide, the former President of Haiti.  He needed me to help the former President with transferring some "funds".

Lucky me!  Everyone wants my help! 

Then we have those folks who answer our Craigs List Ads.  Do you know how many Drs want to rent or buy my places in DC?  It is incredible.  All they want to do is wire some money to me!

BUT TODAY..... a New one.....   LOOK - It's a contact Email from Active Rain !!!

However... an alarm sounded in my head.  Some one wants to discuss using my services  ASAP.  I needed to contact them via their email address.


But wait - all E Mails from Active Rain show the IP Address at the bottom....

What is an IP Address?  Well the long version is here.  The short version... it tracks where the computer is that sent the email.

There is a great tool I found (I am sure there are others - but here is one I use):     IP Tracker

When I keyed in the IP Address provided by Active Rain Guess What?  It came from:

CountryCote d'Ivoire Cote d'Ivoire

Well, I will have to pass on helping out another person from the Ivory Coast.  I am sure I have won another lottery! 

IF you are not sure where something is coming from.... Track the IP address.... It may save you some future Spam or a headache!


Call James for all your Real Estate needs and questions; servicing Dupont Circle and the entire Washington DC  Metro area.

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Michael Setunsky
Woodbridge, VA
Your Commercial Real Estate Link to Northern VA

James, you mean I'm not the only one who has won the lottery or promised a 25% commission for transferring $40 million from Nigeria? Thanks for the IP Tracker link.

Good Post!

Feb 24, 2008 02:03 AM #4
Sharon Harris
Keller Williams Keystone Realty - Hanover, PA
Gee I thought I was to win all the money. Thanks for the advice. I now know how tot rack a IP address.Sharon Harris Allquest Real Estate Hanover PA
Feb 24, 2008 02:08 AM #5
Bill Gassett
RE/MAX Executive Realty - Hopkinton, MA
Metrowest Massachusetts Real Estate
James - These guys are everwhere it seems. Everyday they thinks up new ways to deceive people. I wish there was a service that actually could tell you the name and address of the person. Now that would be interesting!
Feb 24, 2008 02:08 AM #6
Leslie Bloss, Bellevue Real Estate Professional
Bellevue, WA

Hi James,

Interesting post.  I get email from different credit unions from all over that I have never had accounts with.  I went to the IP Tracker website--is this free (as it looks) or is there a charge?

Feb 24, 2008 04:25 AM #7
Tom Braatz Waukesha County Real Estate 262-377-1459
Coldwell Banker - Oconomowoc, WI
Waukesha County Realtor Real Estate agent. SOLD!


Isn't it amazing the lengths some people go to?

I get emails where people want to give me 20 million.

Man, what a farce that is. They probably live down the block, and don't have to flee their third World country.

Tom Braatz

Feb 24, 2008 04:30 AM #8
Rick Tourgee
Robert Paul Properties, Inc. - Provincetown, MA
Provincetown and Cape Cod
As Bill said above- I wish tracking the IP address could also give the name and address.  But, I guess it is something called "privacy".
Feb 24, 2008 04:58 AM #9
Barbara S. Duncan
RE/MAX Advantage - Searcy, AR
GRI, e-PRO, Executive Broker, Searcy AR
Thanks for info on that IP tracker.  I can almost fall for those from the IRS offering me a mere $178.  I'm surprised by the small sum.  Good blog
Feb 24, 2008 08:28 AM #10
Danny Thornton
R & D Art - Knoxville, TN
WordPress Guru
James, you were not the only one to get that email. I guess reading them at 8 am in the morning in not a great thing.
Feb 24, 2008 08:54 AM #11
Adam Waldman
Westcott Group Real Estate Company - Hauppauge, NY
Realtor - Long Island
JAMES - If more of us took these ivory coast offers seriously, we could stop practicing real estate and just start collecting checks (LOL).
Feb 24, 2008 12:16 PM #12
Billnulls Blog Florida Realty Professional
Charles Rutenberg Realty - Clearwater, FL
James - I get those too and must admit, it really upsets me when the spammers get to us through ActiveRain - it is such a violation!
Feb 25, 2008 12:52 AM #13
Patricia Kennedy
RLAH Real Estate - Washington, DC
Home in the Capital
James, I actually got one today from some guy needing funds transferred, and it was sent through Active Rain.  Grrrr.
Feb 25, 2008 01:06 AM #14
Jason Sardi
Auto & Home & Life Insurance throughout North Carolina - Charlotte, NC
Your Agent for Life
Wow James, sounds like I need to befriend you with all of the money you are falling into:-)
Feb 25, 2008 06:00 AM #15
Andy Gordon ~ Tucson Association of REALTORS®
Tucson Association of REALTORS® - Tucson, AZ
Looks like a great tool that I'm sure I can use.  Thanks!
Feb 26, 2008 01:28 AM #16
Keller Williams Select Realtors-Buy a home in Washington DC. Sell a home in Washington DC - Bowie, MD
I don't make promises.I deliver results.SOLD HOMES

Just remember james who you are going to split the 2 million dollars with? I have and will always be your best friend. LOL. I can't stand spam. Do people really expect you to give them their bank account number and pin number. I just don't get it anymore. This is a good reason why you should just say no to drugs. And thanks for teaching about the IP Address. Great information.

Feb 26, 2008 05:46 PM #17
Chuck & Lucy Willman UtahHomes.me
Utah Homes - Alpine, UT
Utah Homes
Here's a way to not only see the country location but the city as well: Trace IP on a Map
Feb 27, 2008 01:41 AM #18
James Downing - Metro DC Houses Team REALTORS®, CRS, GRI, ABR,MRP, MilRes
Real Living | At Home - Washington, DC
When Looking to Buy or Sell - Make the Right Move
WOW Chuck.... Got to within a couple of blocks of my house!
Feb 27, 2008 01:50 AM #19
Respect Realty LLC
Respect Realty LLC - Milwaukie, OR
Brokers - Oregon / SW Washington Real Estate

I had no idea you could get that much information from an IP address and you are right we get those crap e-mails everyday. Good to know we have yet another tool to help us track fraud!

Thanks for sharing,

Mar 02, 2008 04:37 PM #20
Andy Gordon ~ Tucson Association of REALTORS®
Tucson Association of REALTORS® - Tucson, AZ
Yep!  I got the same one.  Thanks for the heads-up.
Mar 03, 2008 09:45 AM #21
Scott Guay
Berkshire Hathaway Home Services PenFed Realty - Ocean Pines, MD
Associate Broker. Ocean City and Ocean Pines MD
Nice little tool and a good use for it.  I have used this site http://www.geobytes.com/IpLocator.htm?GetLocation to see where visitors to my website are coming from.
Mar 03, 2008 09:52 AM #22
Is there a way to track the IP of an anonymous activerain commenter? I looked at the original headers and I see some IPs but dunno which would be the sender and which would br activerain.
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